The dates for your diary are Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April (2015).
And the whole of the Easter school holidays!
Wellington Country Park is a fabulous outdoor play centre just outside Reading, Berkshire, Uk on the way to Basingstoke. It is a huge family attraction centre, regularly getting outstanding reviews and is full of children’s play activities, mixed with country park, lakes, deer park, walks, camping and more. Not forgetting the ride on train and dinosaurs!
Each year there’s something new, though not sure what till we get there!
We have a long history of working at the park, performing in various guises, taking our mobile play activities, inflatables and crazy bikes, supplying entertainers and installing our tents as outdoor venues for shows and activities.
Over the Easter holidays we supply an exciting programme through the weekends and midweek.
hands on go mad on the crazy bikes days (8-9 April),
have a go at circus skills workshops (15-16 April ), including having a go on trapeze.
But there is also a weekend (11-12 April) of magic shows by Magician David Crofts, who is also an ace Windsor based balloon twister.
Top that off with a weekend (18-19 April) of clown shows by Reading’s finest Bigfoot the Clown.
And there’s s an Easter egg hunt of course and a massive tent packed full of hands on Easter Craft activities.
So much to do!
Lets talk Baby Big Top Circus!
Roll up Roll up, Ladies and Gentlemen… But particularly the children.. Boys and girls .. welcome to the show!
Since 2009 we have presented the Baby Big Top Circus Show over the Easter long weekend.
There will be 3 shows each day at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm. It’s always busy and lots of fun. Get your coffees and seats early! The show is targeted at young children and families has appropriate comedy and skills. It can get noisy in the tent!
We present a family orientated show … Very family ! As well as guest acts, the core team is the Bigtopmania family Husband & Wife, Son & Daughter, partners and friends!
You may even get to see a couple of pets(!) .. well Big Bear and the Easter Bunny!
You may even get some pop corn or chocolates!
You are likely to see’ clowning, acrobatics, juggling, china plate spinning, aerial trapeze and silks, limbo, Knife throwing, cowboy roping, ball spinning, balloons, unicycling, bowl spinning, hula hooping and more. NB; as ever, show content is subject to change!
Here we are not talking about plastic spinning plates but real China!
He is one of the few UK performing plate spinners and together we can have a smashing time!
I only want to quickly talk about the act itself and move on to last weeks (end Feb 2015) plate spinning work at Edinburgh University.
Oftentimes it’s performed as a comedy plate spinning act involving lots of clowning; other times it may be a typical circus variety type presentation.
Circus Variety Plate Spinning Act.
You know the one… sequined circus artist rushing backwards and forwards placing and spinning the plates on tall sticks aligned in a row, tweaking and speeding up the wobbly plates before they stop spinning and fall.
Comedy China Plate Spinning.
I prefer the clowning route as you can add more comedy with falling plates, far too tall sticks, bendy sticks, breaking sticks, and odd this like paper plates, juggling plates, plate manipulation tricks and a much much more. Laughs and skills combined.
Team-Building and Corporate Analogies with Plate Spinning.
As a real china plate spinner, I have presented real China plate spinning acts for many different scenarios from pure circus entertainment in circus tents, parties, shows, Greek nights, Butlins etc to corporate presentations with the typical analogy of “how on Earth do you keep doing so many different tasks at the same time?”… Keeping all the plates spinning. Here’s a business Leadership Analogy I have found on the web.
I have used plate spinning in training sessions, team building, exhibition stands, I have taught Microsoft graduate trainees, used plate spinning in training video for Arriva Buses; Over the years so many different places.
There is more information and photographs of PeteZa’s various spinning plates scenarios and how to book a plate spinning act here.
I thought I’d done it all.
Till last week!
The Multi-Temporal Experience of Plate Spinning.
That was one topic in a great lecture entitled “The Random Lift and Other Algorithmic Stories”.
To be honest.. I’m still not sure what it means but I had great fun doing it!
Say that again?… China plate spinning during a university professors inaugural lecture!… Interesting!
Not knowing what it would involve, of course I said yes, flew up there, had a few days in Edinburgh and got on with it. (Thank you Flybe for allowing my plate spinning equipment on board, dismantled into a ski bag!)
Chris had previously done a lecture in Paris in 1999 accompanied by a performer with plastic plates….. Pah!
This time he wanted to up the ante and add to the drama and confusion.
The point was it would be difficult for me, the audience and himself to concentrate and achieve, just like real life. It would use multiple levels of brain activity.
Judging by the other topics in his lecture about connections, spacial concepts, random floor buttons in a lift, Internet and web algorithms, I think there was another very clever algorithm involved.
I didn’t hear much during the lecture as I was concentrating on performing, filming, taking photos, doing weird things, all in a far more random, arty way than normal. Very much conceptual and non-circus but also ending in all the plates being spun, coinciding with the end of his lecture. I think it worked very well and added to the dramatics of a very interesting and quirky lecture.
For posterity it’s now on the Edinburgh University Inaugural Lectures website and YouTube video database.
Edited Plate spinning section of Video to come! Or watch it in full here and learn something! ( plate spinning approx 35 mins into it from memory!)
So, if you have any normal or random requests for a plate spinner for your event or for real China plate spinning, or with plastic, or a combination give me a call!